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Wildlife and where to see it in Canberra

It comes with the territory (literally). Being Australia’s bush capital, Canberra’s wildlife does in fact live up to its reputation.

Keen to see a koala or kangaroo? We’ve got you.

Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

An expansive nature reserve in Canberra’s deep south, Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve is well worth a day trip to discover its many furry inhabitants and breathtaking scenery. For a small entry fee, you can see some of Australia’s most iconic residents, kangaroos and koalas, in their natural habitats.

Australian National Botanic Gardens

Not only do the lush Australian National Botanic Gardens prompt a feeling of zen with all that greenery, but turtles, lizards, birds, and occasional flying foxes call these gardens home. What’s not to love?

Discover a rainforest five minutes from ANU campus and the city at the Australian National Botanic Gardens.

One Tree Hill

For a peaceful bush walk with stunning views to match, try One Tree Hill. Not to mention the abundance of native birds and lizards that you are guaranteed to meet along the way. Just make sure to be snake safe in warmer months by sticking to the paths, wearing closed shoes and avoiding long grass.

Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

This nature-rich destination in Canberra’s north is exactly as it sounds—a protected sanctuary for one of Canberra’s cutest residents, the Eastern Bettong (think a tiny kangaroo crossed with a mouse). Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary is also home to the Eastern Quoll, Short-beaked Echidna and the Superb Parrot.

Spot some of Canberra’s cutest residents at Mulligan’s Flat Sanctuary.

Canberra Walk-in Aviary

Are you a bird lover? Or perhaps just looking for a momentary connection to a feathered friend? Well, let us point you in the direction of The Canberra Walk-in Aviary. From the rich and vibrant colours of the rainbow Lorikeet to the subtle beauty of the finches, we won’t blame you if you fall in dove.

Mount Taylor

Looking for a picturesque sunset walk, surrounded by kangaroos? Look no further than Mount Taylor. It’s a bit of a climb, but the gasp worthy views and wildlife spotting opportunities make it well worth it.

The National Arboretum

Home to 44,000 rare and endangered trees and a 250-hectare of protected land, the National Arboretum is not in short supply of native wildlife to enjoy. Make sure you go without any time constraints, this beautiful landscape is best enjoyed slowly.

The National Arboretum features a stunning showcase of Australian and international trees with sweeping views across Canberra.

Canberra Reptile Zoo

Offering up the chance to see and touch native turtles, lizards and even non-venomous snakes, the Canberra Reptile Zoo is a truly un-frogettable (sorry) wildlife experience.

Lake Ginninderra

Nestled in the heart of Belconnen, Lake Ginninderra is an inviting loop that takes you around this iconic body of water and the myriad of wild critters it attracts. Simply take a minute to pause as the sound of kookaburra’s call echoes through the air. Heaven.

National Zoo & Aquarium

Get up close and personal with some of the world’s most amazing creatures at the National Zoo & Aquarium.

From lions and tigers and bears to giraffes and penguins and monkeys, the Zoo features a variety of native and exotic animals, as well as the largest inland saltwater tank in Australia.

You can even pat a cheetah, feed a bear or become acquainted with a meerkat during some of the most amazing hands-on animal experiences.

Mount Majura

Surrounded by thick gum trees, native grass, and gorgeous seasonal blooms, Mount Majura is the embodiment of what makes the bush capital so alluring. Head there for early morning or late afternoon walks where kangaroo families move within sun-kissed views. 

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